GHSP: Role of Religious Leaders in Promoting Contraceptive Use

6 October, 2018

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Our thematic discussions on family planning, in collaboration with K4Health, have emphasised the importance of religious leaders. This new paper explores the issue in depth.

Role of Religious Leaders in Promoting Contraceptive Use in Nigeria: Evidence From the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative

Sunday A. Adedini, Stella Babalola, Charity Ibeawuchi, Olukunle Omotoso, Akinsewa Akiode, Mojisola Odeku

Global Health: Science and Practice Oct 2018, 6 (3) 500-514; DOI: 10.9745/GHSP-D-18-00135

'Exposure to family planning messages from religious leaders was significantly associated with higher modern contraceptive use, after accounting for background characteristics and other variables such as myths and misconceptions. Engaging religious leaders to support positive social norms is an important strategy to improving voluntary contraceptive use in Nigeria.'

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning

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